New skills – learning by doing!
Schools and other educational institutes have an important role in predicting future competence needs and helping young people learn these necessary skills. In addition to theoretical information, the skills needed in the future should be practiced in action. When children and young people get to come up with ideas, try them out, make mistakes and try again, this will help them learn and gain new insights. Entrepreneurship education in schools offers a safe environment to test out one’s creativity, financial skills and entrepreneurial attitude for the purposes of real life.
The learning materials and services provided by the Junior Achievement association suit many kinds of students, and adapting the assignments is easy.
Entrepreneurship skills benefit everyone
The goal of entrepreneurship education is that the child or young person will learn to identify their strengths. Learner-centric, functional teaching methods increase the wellbeing of students as well as their self-knowledge.
Flexibility and ability for change
Trying out new things and taking risks will also lead to failures. The opportunity to learn from one’s mistakes increases resilience and persistence: It improves the ability to tolerate uncertainty and survive setbacks in order to start anew.
Insights through practicing
Solving real problems is motivating and meaningful. Entrepreneurship education allows for creating learning situations where the students solve real issues and test their ideas. The learning process can be taken out of the classroom, and students can learn by doing.
Creativity and teamwork
Entrepreneurship education practices the ability to change ideas into action. Teamwork will be a key aspect of future working life. Each member of a team has the responsibility to offer their expertise to the whole team. Working in a team also requires good social skills, and practicing them already in school is important.
What do teachers think about entrepreneurship education?
A more equal basis for working life
Many young people find their first job with the help of their parents. This was the result of a survey carried out by Eezy Oyj in spring 2022. The parents’ networks and abilities to help facilitate young people’s chances of finding employment. This puts the young people on an unequal footing, and our objective is to allow all children and young people to practice their working life and entrepreneurship skills while still in school or in another educational institution. Many young people require help and support for finding a job or an internship, writing a job application or getting a job interview.
The Junior Achievement programs allow children and young people to explore working life and teach them how to manage their own finances.
Being able to build networks between young people and the business life is also important to us. Over the years, our young participants have found several mentors from different workplaces, and company representatives take part in our events as jury members, coaching the young people and getting to know them and their training companies. At the same time, the young people will get to know different workplaces and learn important tips from experienced professionals in areas such as marketing, pricing or sponsoring, to name just a few. Our Job Shadow Day is another form of networking that has proven to be very inspiring; the young person will get to “shadow” their manager at their workplace for one day.
How to get started
Contact our regional operator
You can find our regional operators all across Finland. You will find out in practice how entrepreneurship education can be implemented in schools and in educational institutes.
Participate in our teacher training
The training teaches you how to implement entrepreneurship education during classes and how to implement our program.